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RNLI lifeboat saves two people from capsized dinghy at Wreck Sands Brancaster

The Hunstanton Lifeboat rescued two exhausted anglers from a capsized dinghy on Sunday afternoon.

The UK Coastguard requested the launch of the RNLI boat at 5.30pm.

The 'Spirit of West Norfolk' was launched and on arrival at Brancaster found two women hanging on to their upturned dinghy, a four metre angling boat.

Spirit of West Norfolk lifeboat (58495681)
Spirit of West Norfolk lifeboat (58495681)

The boat had capsized in the surf on the sands, while they were fishing. The offshore wind and ebbing tide meant they were drifting offshore.

They were in a state of exhaustion and were taken on to the lifeboat, and landed into the care of the local coastguard response team along with their dinghy in Brancaster Harbour

An RNLI spokesman said: "Tidal waters have strong tidal currents, especially the approaches to the harbours.

"Our general coastal safety tips are, 1. Check the weather and tide times. 2. Read signs. Be aware of local hazards, such as sandbanks, channels and strong tidal currents.

"3. Carry a means of calling for help. 4. If you see someone in danger dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard who will page us.

"If your dog is in trouble in the water do not do not go in after it, call the coastguard who will call the RNLI if needed."

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